G Bambawale is India’s new envoy to China
Prime Minister Narendra Modi government on Thursday appointed 1984 batch IFS diplomat Gautam Bambawale as the new ambassador to China. In view of stressed relations with Beijing, his moving to Beijing was in air, but the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) formally announced it on Thursday evening, after getting clearance from the Prime Minister. Presently he was High Commissioner of India to Pakistan.
He is expected to take up the assignment shortly. India’s ambassador to Poland Ajay Bisaria is now expected to take over as the next high commissioner to Pakistan. Bambawale is widely acknowledged as MEA’s best brain on China.
“There are few who know China better than him as he has also served as India’s deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Beijing. His understanding of the region is also expected to help India deal with the North Korea situation more effectively,” a senior official said. He has also served as ambassador to Bhutan. He is also proficient in mandarin Chinese language and has also served in Hong Kong. The reshuffle was necessitated by appointment of India’s ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale as Secretary (Economic Relations) in MEA.